The School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #13
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
The Recipe: Harry returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover that an escaped convict from the wizard prison, Azkaban, is after him. Harry longs to discover why Sirius Black is after him, but the more he discovers about this former servant of You-Know-Who, the more tempted he becomes to find him himself.
The Frosting and Sprinkles: The Prisoner of Azkaban, like it's predecessors, is definitely a page-turner. This novel stands apart from the others because it's in this one that we see the Harry Potter plot begin to twist.
I love the time-traveling element in this book. It gives us a break from the average fantasy stuff. It's not very scientific, which annoys some people, but it's lack of taking science into account doesn't bother me because this is a fantasy novel, not a science fiction one. If I can suspend my belief for a an entire made up world, then I can suspend for time travel!
We see Harry start to develop more into an adult in this novel-his boyhood is peeling away and for the first time, he is dealing with the real human emotion of anger and faced with decisions to show revenge or compassion.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: None.
5 Out of 5 Cupcakes!